Dr Roger Suthren

Position: Senior Lecturer in Geology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Natural Sciences

Subject area: Geology

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I am the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Geology and the Subject Leader for BSc Joint Honours Geology, Environmental Hazards. 

Teaching responsibilities

  • Geological fieldwork,
  • Sedimentology,
  • Stratigraphy,
  • Volcanology,
  • Geological and Environmental Hazards,
  • Petroleum Geology.

I also develop online learning resources, including virtual fieldwork.

Professional interests

Geology and Earth Sciences. Various areas of Geology, including volcanoes, sediments and sedimentary rocks, geological hazards, and the geology of the Languedoc region, southern France. Earth science education, for formal courses and for the general public. I have a particular interest in computer-aided learning in geoscience.

Research interests

Various aspects of Sedimentology and Volcanology. Current projects include fluvial-deltaic sedimentology in the Upper Carboniferous of Derbyshire.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London;
  • Member of the Geological Society of America;
  • Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain;
  • Member of the Geologists' Association.


Undergraduate Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Geology, University of Oxford

Research Qualifications

  • PhD on volcanology & sedimentology of Ordovician rocks in the Lake District, Keele University

Research Posts

  • University of Bergen, Norway: Ordovician volcanism in Western Norway, 1977-78
  • City of London Polytechnic: Ordovician volcanism, 1979-80

Recent publications

  • Suthren, R.J., Fowler, M.B. & Guion, P.D. 2006 Terroir, wine and geoscience fieldwork education in Languedoc-Roussillon, southern France In Macqueen, R.W. and Meinert, L.D. (eds.): Fine Wine and Terroir, The Geoscience Perspective. Geoscience Canada Reprint Series 9, 233-246

In the media

Radio interviews following the earthquakes in Lincolnshire (February 2008), L'Aquila in Italy (2009), Haiti (2010), and the Icelandic volcano eruption of spring 2010.

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